Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One week down on a low carb life style

I couldn't feel better. I am down 10lbs, 10lbs! My blood sugars have been superb.  Not a single low and only one high (213) after overdoing it with almonds.  I rarely feel hungry in between meals and I find myself craving veggies, meats, and cheeses more than any sweet delicacies. There are a few things i am dying to eat like french fries and fresh sourdough bread. Not much i can do about the bread but i have a few recipes brewing for a french fry replacement. I'll post when I figure it out. On to week two. The possible issues this week are that I work more hours (and longer ones), we are on a tight budget (I feel an awesome blog topic coming up), and I leave for an out of town audition next Monday and will be staying with family. Any hoo here is today's lunch!
Two burger patties with sharp cheddar, pickles (my fav!), a poached egg, and a side dip of mayo, mustard, and a drop of ketchup. Easy but good. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Go to breakfast

This is my quick, easy, and delicious go to breakfast. I recently discovered the yumminess that is poached eggs. The yolk has an awesome texture that is not quite solid but creamy and oozes goodness. Fab! After I poach two eggs I sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika and pair it with 3-4 slices of bacon. I then have coffee with heavy cream, ez-sweets (0 carb, 0 Cal liquid sweetener) and cinnamon. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Club salad

I made this with what I had in my fridge. I prepare things for my week ahead of time like hard boiled eggs, cut up lettuce and veggies, and I'll pre cook meats for quick meals. If you do all of that this is a 5 second meal.

ingredients
romaine
2 hard boiled eggs
2 slices of bacon
1 chicken breast (I cooked it in the bacon fat mmmmm)
dressing of your choice ( I used ranch)
*blue cheese or shredded cheddar* optional

cut everything up, throw on plate, add dressing.
EASY. AS. PIE (made with almond flour and splenda)
feel free to add extra veggies or other meats if you don't have time to cook a chicken breast or bacon use left overs or lunch meats.

Mushroom chicken and Green beans

I know it doesn't look like much but man was this delicious. 
ingredients
2 chicken breasts
as many mushrooms as you want (I used about 10 button mushrooms that I sliced)
1 cup of sour cream
2 tablespoons of tamari (you can use soy sauce if you want)
2 tablespoons of butter
seasoning salt
paprika
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
frozen green beans

Directions
salt your chicken and pan fry them in some butter
while those are cooking throw some more butter in another pan and saute the mushrooms (you can add seasoning salt if you'd like)
once they are browned add the tamari
next add sour cream, mustard and stir
add paprika to taste and let simmer for a couple minutes
let it sit for one minute to thicken before serving

once your chicken is cooked top with the sauce

put beans in a bowl and cover with water
microwave for two minutes
drain water and throw the beans on a plate
if you have extra sauce top the beans with it...yummy


A "cure" for type 1 diabetes

Okay, so we all know that this unfortunate disease cannot be cured but as a type 1 diabetic since age 12 who has been struggling with staying in my blood sugar target zone I was looking for anything to help. I have been in a cyclical downward spiral between eating carb laden foods, which I was told from diagnosis was what I should be doing since insulin can be given to counteract the carbs, and giving ever growing shots of insulin. Let me explain the problem this causes. Also let me state that I do not believe this is what does/will happen with all t1d's and this is based on my personal experience and on what I have read.

I ate carbs! A lot of them. My Dr said I could eat whatever I wanted and showed me how to counteract the carbs with insulin shots. This worked for a while but then I began to gain weight. Now I cannot blame all of the weight gain on the insulin, I made plenty of awful, regrettable food choices, but it didn't help. It was a back and forth battle between carbs and insulin and weight. They all kept growing higher. Soon I was noticing that my shots weren't as effective as they use to be. Was I becoming insulin resistant? Crap. I decided the problem was my weight and immediately began to look for a fix.

One day while browsing the lovely boredom cure that is reddit I stumbled upon a sub reddit called r/keto. I read about this high fat low carb diet originally used to treat epilepsy. I was intrigued. People were losing large amounts of weight and they felt good and energetic. There was no way this could be safe for a t1d, right?

After seeing the word ketosis and being scared out of my mind I was no longer interested yet I had this nagging feeling that I should give it a chance. I began to read and read and read. I was reading books written by doctors who were t1d's themselves (Bernstein) and were saying this was as close to a cure there is. I read another book by a mother who who was looking for help for her son's newly diagnosed t1d (Cantin). Both claimed that this diet changed their lives. I decided to give it a try.

I am in my first week of the ketogenic diet, 5 days in to be exact, and I am down 7 lbs, my blood sugar has been near perfect, and have completely erased fast acting insulin from my daily meds. My long lasting insulin has been dropped as well but not too significantly. I am excited again to get up in the morning, step on a scale, test my blood sugar. These things all used to make me so depressed. I am starting this blog to share ideas, thought, recipes, medical experiences, and to keep me accountable for continuing with what seems to be the "cure" I was looking for. Wish me luck!